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The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, is a 54 member board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 18 professionals with broad experience, and doctorates or masters degrees, in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines.

Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Public Meeting:

      LA 23: Belle Chasse Bridge & Tunnel (HBI), Environmental Assessment
      State Project No. H.004791
      Federal Aid Project No. DE-3806(500)
      RPC Contract No. BCTunnel

The Regional Planning Commission invites citizens to attend a community open house meeting on the proposed replacement of the Belle Chasse Tunnel and Bridge.

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Location: Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 LA Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA

For the full public notice click here. You can also contact Jason Sappington at 504-483-8507, or at, for more information.

The Regional Planning Commission June 2018 Newsletter is now available. Topics in this edition include:

  • RPC Launches Safe Streets For Everyone, Transportation Safety Campaign for Orleans Parish
  • Community Revitalization Begins in New Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District
  • Parish Partners Promote Actions to Reduce Local Emissions
  • Adoption of Fiscal Year 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program for Urbanized Areas
  • Upcoming meetings, events, and more!

  • Click here to access the newsletter. To sign up for our email distribution list, please contact Courtney Young at

LA 23 Rail Relocation PE/NEPA Project - Public Review

LA 23 Rail Relocation PE/NEPA Project
Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes, LA
FRA Contract No. FR-RLD-0032-14-01
Notice of Availability: Environmental Assessment – 30 day comment period

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment for the LA 23 Rail Relocation PE/NEPA (Preliminary Engineering/National Environmental Policy Act) Project for Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes and twelve (12) supporting documents posted here during the 30 day Regional Planning Commission comment period beginning April 16, 2018.

The FY Year 2019 - 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is available

The FY-19-22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the New Orleans, Slidell, Mandeville-Covington, and Tangipahoa Parish urbanized areas were approved on May 8, 2018. They are now available to view and download.

New Orleans Region TIP ( 2018-2022)
St. Tammany Region TIP (2018-2022)
Tangipahoa Region TIP (2018-2022)

RPC Promotes Life-Saving Programs and Infrastructure Improvements at Louisiana's Highway Safety Summit

Louisiana is on a mission to reach Destination Zero Deaths . In order to get there, collaboration between Enforcement, Emergency Services, Engineering, and Education (the four E's) is critical. To facilitate the exchange of ideas and national best practices, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) held their biennial Destination Zero Deaths Highway Safety Summit. North Shore Regional Safety Coalition Coordinator Nelson Hollings participated in a panel of top safety experts to emphasize the importance of data-driven highway safety initiatives such as the Stop the Knock program which aims to reduce vehicle fatalities in Louisiana.

The State of Louisiana Submits Proposal for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation

As part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and to improve the mobility of alternative fuel vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requested states to nominate Alternative Fuel Corridors with plug-in electric vehicle charging, propane, compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG and LNG), and hydrogen fueling along interstates. Louisiana, through the Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) submitted a request for alternative fuel corridor designation during the second round of nominations. RPC's Clean Fuel Partnership submitted stations and data from the region and provided feedback on the preliminary map renderings.

2019-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Coming Soon!

The RPC engages in long-term analysis of the economic conditions of the region and works with local partners to develop the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a five-year strategy used as a policy document to guide EDA funding awards. The CEDS is a data-driven document developed according to EDA criteria and with the guidance of the CEDS Strategy Committee comprised of parish and regional economic development organizations, workforce development providers, entrepreneurial accelerators, and other key providers of assistance to businesses in the region.

Delta Regional Authority Opens Application Period For State Economic Development Assistance Program

For the full press release and information on the Delta Regional Authority as well as eligibility requirements, click here


2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census. The Census Address List Improvement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-430) authorizes the LUCA.

RPC has joined the current LUCA count of residential and group quarters to the Census Block Tiger Geography of 2016 for use in GIS.  The entire state of Louisiana can be found in the file below.  Directions to subset your parish are included in the methodology paper

Download 2020 LUCA Census GIS Files
Download URISA Census 2020 FAQ
Download 7-zip (to unzip GIS file)
Download 2020 LUCA Training Powerpoint
View 2020 GUPS Demo Video (MP4)
Download the URISA Geospatial Data Act FAQ


CENSUS 2010: Download GIS files

(PL-171-redistricting data)

Census 2010 parish, tract, block group and block geographies joined with total population, population by race, and housing occupancy data.  These files are formatted as shapefiles for use in GIS software (download is a zipped file).    A methodology paper describing the RPC process of downloading and formatting categorical names and of summarizing race data is available with each download. 
For a quick map view demonstrating demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 please click on the hyperlink below and zoom into your specific area of interest:

NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census

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